This entire thread is preposterous.
Think about it Invision board didn't egt sued or 'flamed' for creating software like phpbb and yabb, forums, etc. so your now flaming somebody else for making a script to allow automated uplosion of .swf files. Give the guy a break, he's learned ot code that PHP himself so lay off him, the only thing you should be remotely annoyed at is the similarity of layouts of the flash portals, but its very very difficult to come up with an original layout, I mean how else can you show the 2 columns, newest movies and top 50, they are both essential.
If I were Tom or Wade I'd be far more annoyed at Flipsided.com for calling its topsites fan_net, and basically completely ripping off the NG topsites in every imaginable way.
There are loads of other flash portal sites out there.
and there are probably another 20 more that I can't think of right now. Now your picking on flipsided guy for having a portal, I haven't heard a single other portal site mentioned.
The only two things I think your can credibly accuse flipsided of riping off is the NG topsites system and the portal layout.
NOW ONE THING THAT REALLY PISSES ME OFF:
some fucking noob decides he wants a flash portal so just opens a site with a flash portal already there thathe has paid somebody else to make them eg: www.flashtheater.net
Now if my flash site was having a portal that would be fine as we have been around for over 18 months and the flash portla would be there to provide a service for the fans who have become fans because of the quality of our 'inhouse' flash movies. + the fact it would be completely different to NG in everyway to show respect for NG's success.
Anyway im sort of for and sort of against this rant, bah give me your opinions on my opinions 8-)